Spring Share – Week 5 Predictions

We got a little bit of a late start this winter, and it turned out there were some late cold snaps so that kind of worked out nicely. It does mean we’re about a week behind with our harvest plan on some things – like peas. On the other hand, we’re a little ahead on others, like spinach. With Basil it looks like we might be right on. The photo above is our newest farm hand, Chanelle hoeing the basil in our hoop house. We’re going to see if we can get the first pinch of basil in the share next week – just a little taste as primary purpose of pinching back the plants will be to get them to fill out and produce more basil in the coming weeks.

We’ll definitely have lettuce next week, probably our red leaf “Samantha”, more green onions, and more peas! I don’t usually like putting beets and chard in the same share because the tops are so similar, but it looks like those two are both possibilities. The chard has been hit hard by slugs and leaf miner this spring, but I think we’ll have enough. If not, the collards will slip in there. Radishes are on the list for next week, but might take another week. The fennel has been sizing up very, very slowly but I think next week we’ll harvest it no matter the size. Kohlrabi is also on the possible list, but that might need another week, too.

On our field work list, we made some good progress on hoeing this week but there’s always more of that to do. Our tomatoes and cucumbers are ready to start getting tied up so we have lots of trellising to put in. Only two more weeks of spring and it’s starting to feel more and more like summer!